The Odessa Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors and employees are heartbroken with the tragic events that occurred in our city on August 31. This senseless tragedy has shaken us at our foundation. But, as Odessans, we pull together in our time of need. If you would like to contribute to the victims and their families affected by this sad event, we have established a PayPal account to assist with funerals and medical care.


Leadership Odessa

2019 - 2020 Leadership Dates

Welcome Reception @ The Odessa Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Mandatory Weekend Retreat @ Prude Ranch
Saturday, September 7th & Sunday September 8th 2019

Session 1: Government & Public Safety
Thursday, October 17, 2019 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 2:  Business & Industry
Thursday, November 21, 2019 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 3 History & Culture
Thursday, December 19, 2019 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 4: Medical Services
Thursday, January 16, 2020 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 5:  Media & Education
February 20, 2020 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 6: John Maxwell Seminar
Thursday, March 2020 (8:00 – 5:00)
Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

Session 7: Social Services
Thursday, April 16, 2020 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 8: Roundup at the Chamber 
Thursday, May 21, 2020 (8:00 am – 10:30 am)
6:30 PM Graduation dinner at the Odessa Country Club

*Times may vary according to agendas*

Leadership Odessa always starts the day and ends the day at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, 700 N. Grant, Suite 200 in the Bank of America Building.

Interested in going through Leadership Odessa?

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 will open in the Summer of 2019. Class is formed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Lynn Van Amburgh at 432-333-7862 or email

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Enrollment for the 2019-2020 will open in the Summer of 2019. Class is formed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Lynn Van Amburgh at 432-333-7862 or email

Leadership Odessa is a program of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce that attracts a diverse group of businessmen and women. Each class is comprised of 30+ participants from a variety of sectors, including education, medical, small business, banking, industry, hospitality, and nonprofit.

The Leadership Odessa program is open to anyone who currently lives or works in Odessa, and whose organization is a Chamber Member. If you are new to Odessa, it’s the quickest way to get plugged into the community. If you’re familiar with Odessa, take this program to find out all the things you’ve been missing!

Who runs Leadership Odessa?

Although overseen by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Odessa is essentially a participant-run program. The previous year’s graduates put their new leadership skills to work immediately, organizing into committees and facilitating the incoming class’s activities. This passing of the leadership torch has been working beautifully since the program’s founding in 1978.

What kind of commitment would I be making?

In order to graduate, participants must attend seven of the nine day-long sessions.

As explained above, each graduating class is responsible for facilitating the incoming class’s year of activities. Additionally, several Leadership Odessa graduates are peer-nominated to oversee the coming year’s one-month Junior Leadership program for high school juniors.

Many lifelong friendships (and even a few marriages) have resulted from Leadership Odessa.

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